Awake Overnight Assistant

Hazel Pulliam and Mulu Haile enjoy a poolside picnic. Photo by Brian A. Taylor Photography

Hazel Pulliam and Mulu Haile enjoy a poolside picnic. Photo by Brian A. Taylor Photography

L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. centers around four communal homes and 16 adults who have intellectual disabilities who are members of an intentional, inter-denominational Christian community (the “core people” of the community).

 

Role Summary:  Awake Overnight Assistants provide skilled direct care supports and ensure the safety and well-being core people during the nighttime hours.

 

Reports To:  Service Team Leader

 

Responsibilities

  • Build a relationship of mutual care and support with persons with disabilities
  • Observe the rights and personal dignity of others
  • Foster a home life of unity, mutual respect, and participation by all household members
  • Learn and follow the policies and procedures of L’Arche
  • Complete all required training in a timely manner
  • Communicate and advocate effectively for core people as needed
  • Perform a variety of tasks, duties, and responsibilities aimed at helping and empowering core people with the various tasks of daily life, including bathing, dressing, hygiene, preparing for work, preparing to sleep at night, and using the restroom
  • Ensure the safety of all core people during the night time hours, including helping with bathroom use and other duties as assigned
  • Complete household cleaning, maintenance, cooking, and other duties as assigned
  • Complete all required documentation and paperwork in a timely manner
  • Participate in meetings as requested, including (1) House Service Team Meetings; (2) Training Meetings for learning relevant skills and renewing existing or obtaining additional certifications; (3) Supervision Meetings; and (4) other staff meetings called for various administrative purposes
  • Collaborate with other assistants and leaders to ensure a positive environment for all present and appropriate care for core people
  • Assist with evening and morning supports as assigned by the Service Team Leader
  • Support core people on vacations and other trips away from home as assigned by the Service Team Leader
  • Undertake other duties as assigned by the Service Team Leader

 

 

Qualifications and Skills

  • 20 years of age or older
  • Strong verbal and written English communication skills
  • College education preferred
  • Desire to work with, to learn from, and to relate to people with intellectual disabilities
  • Desire to work in the context of an intentional, inter-denominational Christian community and to respect beliefs and spiritual journeys of people from a variety of religious and philosophical backgrounds (L’Arche GWDC welcomes assistants from all faith traditions and those who do not have a faith affiliation)
  • Creativity, flexibility, attention to detail, and ability to organize time
  • Maturity as demonstrated by the ability to share responsibility for managing a home, work cooperatively as part of a team, take responsibility for health and safety of others, and work with diverse individuals
  • Ability to commit for minimum of one year
  • Ability to learn about intellectual disabilities, mental health, health disorders, simple nursing care, behavior management strategies, personal hygiene, etc.
  • Spanish proficiency highly desirable

 

Physical Requirements

  • Physical ability, with reasonable accommodation, to fulfill role responsibilities, including ability to transfer adults from wheelchairs to vehicles, beds, etc. and to lift wheelchairs into and out of vehicles
  • Satisfactory health certificate in accordance with regulatory requirements

 

L’Arche welcomes applications from people of all ages, races, genders, faiths, and sexual orientations. Submit a completed Assistant Application to Caitlin Smith at [email protected]